Daniel Hillel

The Man Who Made the Deserts Bloom

At 80, Israeli scientist Daniel Hillel thought his work with water management was behind him. But global warming has made it more necessary than ever.
Staff Writer
09/07/2010 - 20:00

If there is such a thing as rock star status in the world of soil physics, then Daniel Hillel has attained it. As a pioneer in the field, the 80-year-old Israeli scientist can still walk into a conference anywhere in the world and fall prey to a veritable stampede of oncoming fans. Graduate students, agricultural engineers, climatologists, political scientists—all of their work his has somehow affected.

With drip irrigation, water was sent through perforated pipes and fed slowly, drip by drip, to plant roots.
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